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How to transfer

I have the my book esential ed. 120 gig ? stand alone hard drive. it has picked up about 6 gig and i need to free up space on pc hard drive . how do i transfer additional info to wd???

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Re: how to transfer

If u want fast transfer use this software:

if u want manually just COPY -PASTE TO WD

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